Here is an old blog of mine from September 18, 2009 which I will re-post as it fits this time of year.
When I got up this morning for the first time in many, many months, I could feel the change in the air in Arizona. It is usually so hot here that it is unbearable but this morning, there was a cool, soft, gentle breeze. My little dog was outside and he hates to come in whether it is hot or cool and I could tell this morning that he noticed a difference as he sniffed the air with his little nose stuck up and would have loved to stay longer as I wished we could.
You can see the subtle changes in the vegetation, the sky and the air when September comes. It is not like when I lived in the midwest where it was more obvious with the impending cooler weather. There, the leaves would start turning from green to brilliant reds, rusts and golds. Soon they would start falling from the trees leaving them almost bare-like skeletons. I remember usually the first week in September, it was cool, the days turned considerably shorter and the kids were back in school. People were already thinking ahead to Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and what to do for the holidays.
It was time to get out the sweaters and jackets and one almost always needed one when going out in the evening. Football games, bonfires, wienie roasts and various school functions all come to mind when Fall approaches and I miss that from my childhood.
It is a bit different here in Arizona since we do not get the great change in the seasons as a lot of states have but I can tell Fall is coming in other ways. I look out on the lake behind the house – the water is rippling from the cool breeze and sparkling like diamonds and the ducks have now returned to float lazily on the cool blue water. I love watching them paddling on the water and especially watching when they come in like a jet plane to make a big splash on the lake and join their friends who have already arrived ahead of them. They don’t have a care in the world and never worry about sinking in the water or failing. They are really an inspiration to mankind. They know they can do it and it’s just wonderful to watch them. When I see them, I know Fall is not far behind.
A lot of use have already started thinking about moving the summer clothes out of the closet and adding more fall-like items like some lightweight sweaters and slacks instead of the pretty hot pink and lime colors of our clothes in summer. You hate to see those pretty feminine colors go but you know they will be back next year and in the meantime, darker colors that we all love, especially black which has always been a favorite of everyone for many reasons. Not only does it make one look a lot slimmer, including me, but it is very sophisticated and mysterious and one always looks so elegant in it. It is one of the colors that men like best on women and it is definitely one of my favorites!
I love the pastel peignoirs, nightgowns and sets as they are always basics to our lingerie wardrobe but it is nice to add a few darker jewel0tone colors as well. Unfortunately, as far as the vintage nightgowns and peignoir sets go, they are not easy to find and have been much harder to find in the past years.
The pastels dominate the peignoir sets which is find because they are always so feminine but it is always nice to add a couple of the other bolder shades.
Olga is one of the few vintage manufacturers that produced the deeper jewel-tone shades in nightgowns, peignoirs and peignoir sets and she has always been one of my favorites for her spandex lace nightgowns’ fit which is loved by so many. Plus, her darker shades of nightgowns are just gorgeous although difficult to find.
Here is a small sampling of jewel-tone Olga nightgowns and set which are shown under “Nightgowns – Vintage” and “Peignoir Sets – Vintage.”
Now is also the time to think of a nice warm robe which will be pure luxury to put on for those cold rainy nights when coming home from a hard day of work. It’s funny how as soon as you change your clothes and put on one of your beautiful robes or peignoir and gown sets, you immediately feel revived and beautiful.
The most luxurious robe that you can buy is the fabulous Diamond Tea robes which are my very favorite together with the vintage late ‘60s / early ‘70s quilted robes from Hong Kong.
A few luxurious Diamond Tea velvet velour robes:
As I always say when describing one of those fabulous quilted robes “I remember when I was growing up that I wanted one of those expensive quilted robes from Hong Kong but there was just no way that it was possible as they were very expensive and sols only at the very finest stores like I. Magnin, Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, etc. Now many, many years later, I have a very large collection of these beautiful robes in various gorgeous colors.”
Here is just a small example of a few of those wonderful vintage quilted robes from Hong Kong shown under “Sleep – Robes and Dressing Gowns.”
These robes are such easy care and the majority are washable and they come out of the dryer looking beautiful. What more could one ask?
That is what vintage lingerie does – it makes one look beautiful and transports one back to the glamorous days of the ’50, ‘60s and ‘70s and that is why I love it as much as I do!
Fall is Coming May 18 2016
When I was driving around Georgia this past week, I noticed that some of the leaves had started to turn golden on the green trees. It was a beautiful scene surveying the rolling hills with trees in various shades of greens, gold and rust as well as a relief to know that Fall is on its way since the summer has been very hot and humid this year.
I like to sit on the porch for a short while in the early evening before it is dark and watch the wildlife play - the cute squirrels running up & down the trees, the colorful birds and later in the year, the deer.
The area is very wooded with a lot of very old and very tall trees and I have seen a pile of crisp rust and brown leaves gathering on my driveway the last week or so and while I sit there, occasionally, I will see the leaves float down from the very tall trees which have been there for decades. Sometimes, I will see it actually “raining” leaves when the wind blows and the leaves come fall in an actual downpour making a rustling sound as it happens.
As much as I like summer and am always glad to see it arrive, I also like to see it go and start thinking about Fall when wardrobes change and the weather becomes cooler and fires can be lit in the fireplace in the evening and one gets out the boots, sweaters, warm robes and cozy nightgowns.
Because it will not be long before you will want to wear a robe in the morning or evening, Midnight Glamour is holding a 20% off sale on Robes and Nightgowns.
We have a wide selection of luxurious Diamond Tea robes, vintage quilted robes from Hong Kong which are fantastic as well as various other designer robes both vintage and contemporary.
Also on sale are beautiful vintage Olga nightgowns which have the most fantastic fit and give one a beautiful figure as well as Christian Dior nightgowns, Lily of France, Glydons of Hollywood, Claire Sandra for Lucie Ann, Deena, Miss Elaine, Barbizon and many, many more popular vintage designers.
Take a peek while the 20% off sale on robes, dressing gowns and nightgowns that is going on for a limited time and stock up for the cold weather which will be here before you know it!
Below is a small sampling of some of the robes, dressing gowns and nightgowns on sale:
HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY January 26 2016
HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY
Valentine’s Day is such a special day and is meant for everyone. It denotes love and everyone loves someone whether it is a wife, husband, mother, father, children, boyfriend, girlfriend, friends or pets.
Valentine’s Day is a day everyone can celebrate and it is not just limited or exclusive to whether you are married or are a couple or have a boyfriend or girlfriend.
It is just a universal day of Love and that is a wonderful thought for everyone think about.
This is a day to surprise someone and do something special for them and tell them that you love them. Even pets love to hear that!
My thanks to The Graphics Fairy for some of these cute vintage photos
HAVE A WONDERFUL THANKSGIVING November 19 2015
I am so grateful for all of my wonderful customers!
SOME FUN THANKSGIVING FACTS
Total U.S. spending on Thanksgiving dinner food
Average household spending on Thanksgiving dinner
Average household spending on Thanksgiving weekend
Number of families that will travel for Thanksgiving
Number of places in the U.S. named Plymouth
Average cost per pound of Turkey
Happy Halloween! October 20 2015
Why Do People Like Vintage Clothes? October 02 2015
I have been asked in the past “What do you like about vintage clothes & lingerie?” I tell them “Everything!”
The quality of the workmanship, the styles, the elaborate trims and decorations which manufacturers no longer use, the expensive bound buttonholes on a dress or robe, the yards & yards of flowing sheer nylon in peignoir sets, the exquisite fabrics used in nightgowns, etc.
I could go on and on but the best part of vintage is that it is a journey into the past. It takes you from this busy often mundane world of today back to the day when things were slower and nicer and much prettier than today. It makes you remember when you wore that beautiful prom dress to your Senior prom or the Winter Formal that everyone was dying to go to. Also, that wonderful evening that you had with that dreamboat when he finally asked you out and you wore that beautiful dress that you talked your mother into getting for you. Those days are gone forever but they can be relived over again when wearing a vintage outfit or dress.
It reminds you of when you smell a certain perfume that you wore on a special night like Fame, Arpege or Chanel No. 5 or any of those luscious scents that one rarely smells nowadays and many that have disappeared altogether. All of a sudden so many of those memories come rushing back into your mind like it was yesterday - what you wore that night, what was said, where you went, what you did and all of the fun you had. It transports you back to yesteryear and brings back so many wonderful memories of a good time you had when women looked so much more beautiful, elegant and fashionable than today.
That is why women love vintage clothing. It brings back all of the good memories that you had tucked away and forgotten for so many decades. And it enables one to relive even for a short time some of those wonderful memories and dreams that we all have from bygone years.
True vintage women's clothing have qualities that “vintage style”, “knock off vintage”, “retro-look”, “vintage inspired” and “vintage reproductions” do not have. All of those clothes no matter if they are cute are no more than reproductions, knock offs and imitations of the real thing - true bona fide vintage clothing. It is not the genuine item and consequently does not have the same value or quality or style as an original vintage dress or piece of lingerie. That is why an authentic vintage nightgown, peignoir set, dress or evening gown will cost more and have more value to it as well as the fabulous quality and workmanship that we all remember and loved from those many years ago and which have lasted for over 65 years & more.
The majority of the beautiful vintage sleepwear including nightgowns, peignoir sets and women’s dresses were made by manufacturers in the United States although some did come from France and Italy from their top designers there but NEVER from China or any third world country as is happening today. That is the reason you cannot find quality in "reproductions" or “retro-styles” or "vintage inspired" items.
First of all there is no quality in the item, they are cheaply made, they are cut extremely small and not suited for women sizes in the U.S. What is labeled a size 3 XXX will not even fit a U.S. size 6! Although the style may look cute, the item never has the quality workmanship that vintage clothing has that was made in in the United States in the ’50s, '60s, '70s & '80s and that is the reason so many women love vintage clothes.
Not only are you buying American products when you buy vintage clothing manufactured in the United States which is wonderful and important for our country and our economy but you are recycling at the same time.